Starting Out in a Hospitality Career

If you truly want to advance your career and improve your life situation, listing your short and long range goals is a must.  The list needs to be specific with clear benchmarks for time frames of 1 year out, 5 years out, and 10 years out.  The short range goals for the current year should be by quarters.  Revisit your list of goals annually.

From the book What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack:

The Harvard Business School Study on the Class of 1979 dealt with the impact of goal setting on the quality of life.  The findings were that people who set goals are more likely to succeed and experience greater wealth and happiness.

In the book, Mark McCormack tells about a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In that year, the students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all.

Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.

In spite of such proof of success, most people don’t have clear, measurable, time-bounded goals that they work toward.  Have you set your goals and do you review them regularly?

Kathleen Hogan,


About HospitalityEducators

I am Publisher and Co-Founder of My background is in management, banking and finance with a Master's Degree concentration in Human Resources Management. In addition, I am a hospice volunteer in Phoenix, Arizona.
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